Who are school Governors and what do they do?

School governors come from every walk of life. There are over 300,000 school governors in England and they form the largest volunteer force in the country.

Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.

The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.

Governing Body's Statement of Principles which informs our Behaviour Policy

We believe in:-

  • Every pupil understands they have the right to feel safe, valued and respected, and learn free from the disruption of others
  • All pupils, staff and visitors are free from any form of discrimination
  • Staff and volunteers set an excellent example to pupils at all times
  • Rewards, sanctions and reasonable force are used consistently by staff, in line with the behaviour policy
  • The behaviour policy is understood by pupils and staff
  • The exclusions policy explains that exclusions will only be used as a last resort, and outlines the processes involved in permanent and fixed-term exclusions
  • Pupils are helped to take responsibility for their actions
  • Families are involved in behaviour incidents to foster good relationships between the school and pupils' home life.

Clerk to the Governors - I am pleased to support the Governing Body as their Clerk. The school is very much a part of my life having had both my children start their education here during which time I worked...

Parent Governor - I was voted in by the parents of both schools in October 2017. I currently have two children who attend Prettygate and a younger child due to start in 2020. I am vice chair on the finance...

Chair of Governors and Chair of the Standards Committee. I have had three grandchildren educated in the Prettygate schools and have been a governor for five years.

I joined the Governing Body in December 2017 and sit on the Finance and Premises Committee. I am also the governor responsible for Health and Safety at the school. I am an RIBA qualified architect and am...

Having spent 12 years as a teacher and deputy head of a primary school, I am currently enjoying being a stay at home mum to our 4 young children. With Isabelle and Amelia happily settled into Prettygate and...

Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of Finance & Premises Committee.  I worked for 25 years in further education and was Principal of Colchester Institute for 5 years and Oaklands College in...

I have been privileged to be a governor at Prettygate since 2004. I am a retired office manager living in Colchester.